Guy Weldon Winberry, 76, of Grandview, beloved husband, father and grandfather, left us Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004.

Guy was born June 24, 1928 in Wapanucka, Okla. to Thelma (Spencer) Winberry and Elmer Winberry. The Winberry family moved to Toppenish, arriving in 1940 in a 1937 Ford. Guy graduated from Toppenish High School in 1946. During high school, he played football and the highlight of one of his games was playing against Hugh MacElhaney, (who later became a football great). While playing against each other, Guy was picked up out of the mud by Hugh and he said, “some fun huh?” Guy and Hugh became friends, one time Guy visited him after he had joined the Army, and by that time Hugh was playing for the NFL. Upon graduating from Toppenish High, Guy went to work for Toppenish Motors and then he enlisted in the Army. After his stint in the Army, Guy went to work for Pingrey Ford in Toppenish.

Guy decided to re-enlist in the service, but this time with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, where he was stationed in Alaska and was assigned with the Air Rescue Unit. Returning back to Yakima in 1954, Guy went to work for Carraway Motors.

On Feb. 16, 1956 he married the love of his life, Berneita (Ullom) Harrington in Couer’d Alene, Idaho.

In February 1964 he had the opportunity to purchase a shop in Grandview and named it Grandview Automotive, where he gained life-long friends and customers.

Also, during this time, Guy taught auto mechanics at Grandview’s Auto-Mechanics Tech School.

Grandview was where he raised his three daughters, Beatrice (Harrington) Nielsen, Cindy A. Winberry and Teresa G. (Winberry) Hutsell.

To know Guy was to love him.

He was known for his honesty and being a true brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.

Guy had a love of hunting, fishing, boating, baseball and football.

He was a true Mariner and Seahawk fan.

Guy loved his jeep, and was in the first jeep rodeo in the Yakima Valley.

Guy couldn’t see for a week due to mud in his eyes, but that was OK, he had fun.

Almost every summer he would take his family to Illwaco, and go fishing on his cabin cruiser with his buddies. One of his favorite spots was Port Hardy, Canada, fishing for salmon, bass, halibut and sometimes the most unexpected catch of the day would be an occasional shark.

Guy is survived by his wife, Berneita; daughters, Beatrice Y. (Harrington) Nielsen, Cynthia A. Winberry and Teresa G. (Winberry) Hutsell; his mother, Thelma G. Winberry; brother, Herman D. Winberry (Mary) of Emmett, Idaho; and two sisters, Evonne R. Fredsall of Portland, Ore. and Sue G. Parker (Bud) of Phoenix, Ariz. He was grandfather to eight grandchildren, Tamara Harrington, Michael B. Nielsen, both of Grandview, Alicia N. (Riggs) Cannizzaro (Matt) of Atlanta Ga., Sheilah A. (Riggs) Stultz (Chris) of Kennewick, Richard A. Riggs of Zillah, Daniel K. Hutsell of Tacoma, Devena R. Hutsell of Ballard and Deanna R. Hutsell of Lynnwood; and three great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel, and Travis Guy, all of Grandview. Last but not least his little Chihuahua, Toy Boy who went everywhere with him. Guy is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and long-time friends. He will be missed by all.

Viewing will be held Monday Dec. 6, 2004, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Heart Association. Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, is in charge of arrangements.


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